Environmental Grant Program
Our commitment to protecting the environment runs deep and we’re proud to support the efforts of local organizations that share our vision.
Established in 2005, our annual Environmental Grant Program offers funding for innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect the watersheds, surface water and groundwater supplies in our local communities. To date, we have donated more than $490,000 to fund more than 100 projects to protect and improve the environment across the Commonwealth.
See a map of Pennsylvania American Water's grants and the watersheds they have improved here.
In 2020, 11 Environmental Grant recipients received a share of grant funds totaling $40,000 for their community-based projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds:
Allegheny CleanWays –
Monongahela River Cleanup Series ($4,100)
With this funding, volunteers will conduct stream and riverbank cleanups in the
Allegheny County portion of the Monongahela River watershed. The group’s goal
is to hold 10 cleanups and remove approximately 12,000 pounds of debris and 200
District – Mobile Environmental Display Exhibit Project ($8,000)
Funding will go toward the maintenance and
operation of the
H20h! On the Go! mobile environmental display – a traveling,
interactive and educational display used to promote conservation of natural
resources in underserved rural communities in the Ohio River watershed.
Carnegie Borough –
Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark Rain Garden Project ($1,200)
Funding will be used
to plan, design, build and plant a rain garden to absorb excess runoff that
currently flows through the skatepark and picks up flood-causing sediment
before draining into the Borough’s stormwater system.
Citizens for a Healthy Jessup – Stormwater Pollution
Education Workshops ($1,800)
The grant will go towards community stormwater
management workshops and a three-dimensional, interactive stormwater model that
shows how runoff flows through watersheds and into bodies of water.
Conservation District – Stormwater Management for Homeowners Workshop ($2,200)
With this grant, the Township will provide rain
barrels and host a workshop to inform residents of the environmental issues
surrounding non-point source pollutants and to educate residents on properly
mitigating these issues on residential properties.
Eastern PA Coalition for
Abandoned Mine Reclamation –
Luzerne County Stream Temperature Watershed Monitoring Project ($7,500)
This project will deploy stream temperature
monitoring devices throughout the Mill Creek Watershed. The monitors will
gather continuous data for five years and will provide information for a
temperature database for the watershed as well as opportunities for
environmental education and community outreach.
Ellwood City Borough – Five Point Community Gardens Phase II
Funding will be used to install additional
gardens and stormwater improvements as part of the rehabilitation of Five Point
Park, a project that is creating multiple community gardens that will be used
for stormwater management, recreation and food production.
John James Audubon
Center – Audubon and CCATE: Student-Designed Urban Stormwater Management
Using this funding, the Audubon Center will
work with Centro de Cultura Arte Trabajo y Educacion (CCATE), Norristown’s
largest Latinx community center, to design and install stormwater management
gardens at CCATE’s new site. Native trees, plants and shrubs will be purchased
and planted, and rain barrels and signage will also be installed.
Lehman Sanctuary –
Storm Water Management Grassland Swale/Rain Garden ($5,500)
This grant will be used to mitigate stormwater
infiltration by creating a new habitat with a vegetative swale and rain garden
system to re-channel runoff. The habitat will be vegetated with flood tolerant,
erosion-resistant plants and will contain and filter stormwater flowing from
nearby impervious surfaces.
Londonderry Township –
Water Quality Testing for the Conewago Creek Restoration Project ($1,200)
This grant will be used for materials and lab
analysis to produce scientific water quality data for use in the ongoing
Conewago Creek Restoration and other future projects.
Upper Allen Township – Grantham
Park Pond Restoration Phase I ($5,000)
This funding will be used towards a Grantham
Park pond rehabilitation project. A pond aeration system and microbial products
will be added to restore ecological balance to the pond, and native buffer
vegetation will be planted on the shorelines.
A panel of judges selected the grant recipients from 30 applications, which were evaluated on such criteria as environmental need, innovation, community engagement and sustainability.
Wilson Wilson West Middle School Special Education instructor
Javius Galan used a 2019 environmental grant to purchase saplings for students to plant on school
grounds in Sinking Spring. This project was part of an ongoing effort by Galan
and other Wilson West teachers to plant more than 2,000 native trees, plants,
grasses, and shrubs on the wetlands behind the school to create an
environmental education area for students and the surrounding community.